Best of Botswana

Once in Maun travel by road to Makgadikgadi region, an area densely populated with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and predators. Spend two days enjoying game drives, return to Maun and fly to the Moremi Game Reserve region. Three nights of exploration in open 4x4 vehicles and speed boat trips through Moremi illustrate the rich diversity of animal, bird and plant life. Travel to the Okavango Delta region for two days of guided walks and mokoro (dug out canoes) trips before flying to the dry Savute Channel for thrilling game drives into the Chobe National park, famous for its predators. Enjoy game viewing cruises and drives at the Chobe River front. Return via Kasane and Maun to Johannesburg.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg, South Africa

DÂ’Oreale Grande Hotel Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be met on arrival and transferred a short distance to your hotel near the airport. Check into the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure resting up after the long flight. Lunch and dinner for own account.

Day 2: Johannesburg / Maun, Botswana / Makgadikgadi National Park

Deluxe Lodge After breakfast at the hotel, transfer a short distance to Johannesburg airport and check in for the scheduled flight to Maun, Botswana. After clearance formalities, you will be met on arrival in Maun and transferred by air or road to the Makgadikgadi National Park and your safari camp. Late afternoon arrival and check in, meet the lodge staff and your ranger at afternoon tea and time permitting, head out on a short game viewing activity. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Makgadikgadi National Park

Deluxe Lodge Makgadikgadi is not only about lion, zebra and wildebeest, it also boasts Chobe bushbuck, leopard, brown and spotted hyena, impala, kudu, jackal, porcupine, genet and caracal, to name just a few. In addition, there is the possibility of seeing the rare white rhinoceros. Most unique however, are the crocodiles and hippos which have survived in extremely adverse conditions for over 12 years. The hugely contrasting seasons and terrain make this area of the Makgadikgadi a unique haven for large herds and predators alike. Enjoy this remote area. Meals will be at the lodge and game viewing outings take place in the early morning and late afternoon from camp.

Day 4: Makgadikgadi / Maun / Moremi Game Reserve

Deluxe Camp After an early morning wake-up call and coffee, depart on the morning game viewing activity in the Makgadikgadi region. Return to camp for brunch and check out. Depart by vehicle and transfer overland back to Maun and board a light aircraft lodge hopper flight to the Moremi Game Reserve. On arrival at the Camp Moremi airstrip, you will be met by a camp representative and transferred to your safari camp. Arrive in time to settle in and then head out on a late afternoon game viewing activity. Return to camp for pre-dinner cocktails and dinner.

Days 5-6: Moremi Game Reserve

Deluxe Camp Home to nearly 500 species of birds, and a vast array of other species of wildlife (including cheetah, leopard, lion, elephants, and buffalo), Moremi never fails to impress even the most experienced of travelers. Activities include morning and afternoon game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicle, excellent bird watching, and exploring the Xakanaka Lagoon and surrounding Okavango channels by power boat.

Day 7: Moremi / Okavango Delta

Deluxe Lodge Enjoy early morning coffee and rusks (biscuits) before departure on the morning game drive or other game viewing activity into the Moremi Game Reserve. Return to camp and depart Moremi. Take a short lodge hopper flight to the Okavango Delta region. On arrival, a light lunch is served and then you can spend time enjoying the camp and settling into your comfortable accommodations. Meet your ranger and fellow travelers for tea and cookies and head out on an afternoon mokoro (dug out canoe) trip or other game viewing activity. Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Okavango Delta

Deluxe Lodge The Okavango Delta is a unique oasis at the northern edge of the sands of the Kalahari Desert. Flood rain waters from the Angolan highlands are carried by the Okavango River into the delta where it spreads out creating countless waterways and lagoons over an area of approximately 10,000 square kilometers. A rich water environment, the Delta is home to countless bird species as well as larger mammals such as elephant, red lechwe, and buffalo. Enjoy time out with your ranger guides on game viewing activities early morning and late afternoon. Excursions include bush walks and also time spent exploring in a mokoro.

Day 9: Okavango Delta / Savute Channel, Southern Chobe National Park

Deluxe Lodge After a morning bush walk or other activity, return for a well-earned meal and then depart the Okavango Delta region via a lodge hopper flight to the border of southern Chobe National Park. On arrival at the Savute airstrip, you will be met and transferred to the lodge for check-in formalities and lunch. Depart in late afternoon on a game drive into Chobe National Park. After sundowners, return to camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 10: Savute Channel, Southern Chobe National Park

Deluxe Lodge The Savute area is a prime game viewing destination and covers almost 5,000 square kilometers in the southwest of Chobe National Park. Good sightings of cheetah and leopard are possible, as well as the endangered wild dog. Savute, however is famous for its large concentrations of elephants that congregate around the waterholes at sunset. Enjoy early morning and late afternoon game drives in open 4x4 vehicles into Chobe National Park.

Day 11: Savute / Northern Chobe National Park

Deluxe Lodge Return to camp for a hearty breakfast after an exciting morning game drive into Chobe. Transfer to the Savute airstrip for a lodge hopper flight to Kasane Airport, which is followed by a road transfer to your safari lodge in the northern Chobe National Park region. Arrive at your lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon boat cruise on the river or a game drive into Chobe National Park. Dinner is back at camp before retiring for the night.

Day 12: Northern Chobe National Park

Deluxe Lodge Chobe National Park, which is the second largest national park in Botswana, has one of the greatest concentrations of game found on the African continent. Its uniqueness in the abundance of wildlife and the true African nature of the region, offers a safari experience of a lifetime. Enjoy a full-day exploring into Chobe. Game viewing will be early morning and late afternoon excursions via open 4x4 vehicles or by specially-designed game viewing cruise boats.

Day 13: Northern Chobe / Kasane / Maun / Johannesburg

After the morning game drive into Chobe National Park, return for brunch at camp. Depart by road to the Kasane Airport for the lodge hopper flight to Maun, where you will connect with a scheduled return flight to Johannesburg. Lunch and dinner are on your own account today.

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